The first no-hell: How to have a frazzle-free festive season

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The first no-hell: How to have a frazzle-free festive season

Between whining kids and endless cheery jingles, it can be a fraught time - but we've got your back

Caira Blignaut


Christmas can become a frantic time. The festive season tends to come with family members visiting in abundance, kids having to be entertained because boredom strikes so easily and Christmas carols are played until every family knows all the lyrics to the latest remake of Jingle Bells.
Times Select has the most essential tips and tricks you will need to remember to make your Christmas 2018 a smooth sailing one.
Smile and wave
Christmas usually comes with unexpected surprises usually in the form of unexpected guests. These could be your worst nightmare but we’ve got a pro tip for you: welcome them with open arms, greet and treat them as if they were always going to arrive anyway and always make sure you have generic gifts like hand creams and boxes of chocolates wrapped and ready under your tree for those unanticipated visitors.
Stow away the Carrol Boyes Keep your valuable ornaments and possessions in the highest possible cupboard away from anything and anyone that can cause your decorations to break. Keep your valuables far away and out of reach of the kids.
Join in on the jingle bells Don’t let the Christmas carols bring you down. Instead of letting the songs get to your head and start annoying you, use the time to change your mindset and rather sing along and get into the Christmas spirit.
Make your house rules clear from the get-go Whether it be everyone participate in decorating the Christmas tree or partaking in Christmas family traditions, make it a point that Christmas 2018 will be a smooth-sailing well run organised operation.
Dust off your Pretty Hot And Tempting (PHAT) pants There is nothing worse than feeling uncomfortable in clothes that are too tight! Once lunch is about to be served slip into cozy attire and enjoy your second plate of delicious Christmas meals the day has to serve.

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